Event A fine blend of music and dance performances marked the ‘Sampradaya Sanskritika Vaibhavam’ in Kakinada. K.N. Murali Sankar

ACarnatic vocal by Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna marked the valedictory of the nine-day long ‘Samparadaya Sanskritika Vaibhavam’ annual music, dance and cultural festival being organised by the Kakinada-based Abhyudaya Foundation for the fifth consecutive year at Suryakala Mandiram, Kakinada. The jam-packed auditorium gave a standing ovation to the legendary singer at the end of the two-hour long voyage into the world of classical music. The audience gave a thunderous applause when Balamurali sang Nagumomu, Yemisetura Linga and his signature composition tillana during the concert.

“The objective of this event is to make the younger generations aware of our rich cultural heritage and provide an opportunity to the people of the city to watch the performances of the renowned artistes,” says Badam Madhava Rao, Chairman of the Abhyudaya Foundation.

The festival began with a lecture on the life and works of Sripada Pinakapani by noted musician Nedunuri Krishna Murthy on January 6, followed by presentation of ‘Abhyudaya Kala Puraskaram’ to Nidamanuri Lakshmi Narayana of Ongole. Vocal concert by Vijayawada-based Malladi Brothers (Sreeram Prasad and Ravi Kumar) with support from Srikanth on violin and V. Kamalakar Rao on mridangam made a fitting start to the festival.

Veena concert by the maestro R. Visweswaran from Mysore marked the second day, while violin concert by Ganesh and Kumaresh of Chennai with support from V.V. Ramana Murthy on mridangam and Trichy Krishna on ghatam marked the third day.

‘Woman-The Myriad Moods,’ a Kuchipudi dance ballet by Hyderabad-based Alekhya Punjala troupe has shown the innumerable emotions of women, as Alekhya enacted as goddesses Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Parvathi, besides donning the roles of Radha, Satyabhama and Rukmini to show the myriad moods. Vocal concert by Chinmayi sisters (Uma and Radhika) from Chennai marked the fifth day, for whom M.R. Gopinath supported on violin, K.S. Sivakumar on mridangam and N. Swaminathan on ghatam.

Srirama Nee Namam Entha Ruchi Ra a Bharatanatyam ballet by Hyderabad-based Ananda Shankar Jayanth troupe has re-told the epic Ramayana to the audience in which the famous kritis of Bhakta Ramadas have been included brilliantly.

Seeta Kalyanam Burrakatha by Kakinada-based Gorrela Ramu troupe has marked the seventh day, while ‘Tripadi Ganga’ a Kuchipudi dance ballet by Hyderabad-based Pasumarthi Ramalinga Sastry troupe has depicted various forms of the river Ganga on the eighth day.